Walking the Weasel in Cleckheaton

According to the Lindisfarne Chronicles, “Walking the ways all” was an annual tradition in all Anglo-Saxon towns. The third Thursday in July was set aside for the townsfolk to walk along the common pathways and re-establish their right to frequent these paths. According to the English Common Law, if this annual reclamation wasn’t performed theseContinue reading “Walking the Weasel in Cleckheaton”

Great Sunda Chameleon Fish – 3

It’s estimated Chameleon Fish spend about 80% of their time looking like other fish, a statistic which makes it difficult to know whether their numbers are in decline or not. Suffice to say, if the reader is swimming in the seas around Indonesia or the Philippines and sees a fish transform into another fish, youContinue reading “Great Sunda Chameleon Fish – 3”

Dosseroo – 2

The problems would usually start when the joey came back and tried to enter the pouch. Some mothers would shoo the joey away as they’d feel the dosseroo in the pouch and assume it was their baby. Other mother kangaroos would recognise the joey and try elaborate methods to extricate the dosseroo, even occasionally insistingContinue reading “Dosseroo – 2”

The Poodle Shark – 1

The Poodle Shark is so called because of the round knobs of cartilage that were found at the top and bottom of its tail, on the top of its dorsal fin, and on the ends of its pectoral fins. These round protuberances hindered the shark’s passage through the water, slowing its progress by about 20%Continue reading “The Poodle Shark – 1”

The Dosseroo – 1

The Dosseroo was an Australian marsupial that became extinct in the 1970s after a series of bushfires in the Australian outback killed them all in one short week. The animals were unable to outrun the fires, either through laziness, a basic lack of fitness, or an inability to motivate themselves to preserve their existence. TheContinue reading “The Dosseroo – 1”

Places not on Google Maps – Islands 2

The North Sandwich Islands When Captain James Cook sailed around the world, he must have been feeling extremely hungry. This can be the only explanation for the number of places he named after the humble sandwich. In no particular order, they are as follows: Sandwich Islands was the name given to Hawaii. South Sandwich Islands,Continue reading “Places not on Google Maps – Islands 2”

Sports the Olympics Forgot – Boats on Wheels – Pt 1

The Boats on Wheels races are held in Lubeck on the third week of August. The races are a throwback to the times when the Vikings used to regularly invade Western Europe and citizens had to either fight to the death or leave the area immediately. The boats in the races must be vessels thatContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Boats on Wheels – Pt 1”

The Silver Jackdaw of Bratislava

The Silver Jackdaw of Bratislava is a little known offshoot of the Corvidae family of birds. In the summer, Silver Jackdaws migrate from the area between Bratislava and Vienna to the High Tatra mountains in Eastern Slovakia and Poland where they build nests well out of the sight of humans. The reason these jackdaws haveContinue reading “The Silver Jackdaw of Bratislava”

The Straight Snake of Assam

Most snakes move in a forwards direction by zig-zagging along the ground. However, the Straight Snake of Assam. a small brown snake from north-eastern India, always moves in a straight line. Herpetologists believe that the snake is extremely sensitive to the presence of its prey and will stop dead if prey is near. As itContinue reading “The Straight Snake of Assam”